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Apex Legends players frustrated with Ranked Series 3 split

Published: 26/Mar/2020 12:42

by Joe Craven

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Fans of Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends have reported a number of frustrations with the game’s recent ‘Ranked Split’, as the game’s Ranked Series 3 undergoes its mid-way point transition. 

Ranked Play in Apex Legends has been pretty popular with players, as they do their best to achieve the maximum rank of Apex Predator and compete against the very best. 

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The ongoing Ranked Series 3 – part of Apex Legends Season 4 – has seen players frustrated after undergoing the planned ‘soft reset’. As with previous Ranked Series, Respawn opted to split Series 3 into two, offering players the chance to play on both World’s Edge and King’s Canyon. 

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Players are reporting encountering enemies way above their rank.

However, a number of players are reporting that ranked matchmaking has been affected – and not for the better. 

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One player explained that the soft reset saw them relegated from Gold I to Silver III, but in their recent games they have been put up against Diamond or Predator opponents.

It was so far skewed out of balance with regard to the skill levels of teams in the game it was basically unplayable as an average player,” they explained. “Is it because of the split and people are climbing to where they should be yet somehow not allowing lower ranked players to have any chance whatsoever?”

Anyone experiencing totally skewed ranked games post split ? Predators and diamonds everywhere. from r/apexlegends

It does not seem that the player is alone in their frustrations, with multiple other Apex Legends fans reporting similar problems.

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“This is what solo ranked players need to put up with, they should not be playing in platinum lobbies, makes the whole thing pointless,” another said, after encountering players far above their rank.

The issues have led to many arguing that ranked matchmaking is currently worse than those in normal, casual matches. 

Furthermore, some players have reported bugs surrounding their ranks, including two ranks being displayed simultaneously.

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Some users have reported having two ranks at once.

Any significant update will be sure to cause issues, but it seems this one is frustrating players who are striving to perform in Respawn’s dedicated ranked mode. 

Respawn have not yet responded directly to players’ issues, but will certainly be quick to iron out the issues in their most seriously-taken mode. 

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You can keep up to date with all the issues the developers are tracking via their dedicated Trello board, and right here on Dexerto. 

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Respawn confirm capped FPS for Apex Legends on next-gen consoles

Published: 9/Oct/2020 22:41

by Bill Cooney

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Apex fans looking forward to a possible FPS boost when the game heads to next-gen consoles have been left disappointed after devs from Respawn confirmed that upgrade wasn’t going to happen.

FPS means “frames per second” and represents how many times your screen refreshes over a second. Generally, the rule for most games is higher FPS = smoother movement and graphics in-game.

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Both the Series X and PS5 will be able to support games up to 120 FPS, double the amount from the previous generation of consoles, but not all games will be able to take advantage.

Unfortunately, while Apex will be coming to both next-gen machines, it doesn’t seem like Respawn will be able to increase the frames players can achieve.

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Replying to a user on Twitter who inquired about the 60 FPS lock, Respawn dev Jason McCord confirmed Apex would be staying where it was so that everyone could continue playing, no matter what system they’re on.

“Locking the game on consoles lets us give a more consistent framerate for the lower end machines,” McCord explained. “If we uncapped it, you’d see much bigger spikes and valleys, and the game would feel worse.”

That’s not to say that Apex won’t perform better with new hardware though, framerate drops have been an almost constant complaint amongst players since the game was released, but it’s thought that the PS5 and Xbox Series X should do a much better job of keeping things at consistent 60 FPS.

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In fact if Apex is able to keep framerate drops from happening, we’d wager being able to keep things going at a steady 60 frames a second would be a significantly more noticeable upgrade for many players than making it able to go all the way up to 120.

All that being said Respawn’s battle royale is still doing quite well with a loyal community of fans, and it will look to keep things going as players eventually start to move to new consoles to play through Season 7.